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How Colleges and Universities Can Compete in the Emerging Credential Ecosystem 6-8-22

June 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Thanks to everyone who joined our How Colleges and Universities Can Compete in the Emerging Credential Ecosystem webinar on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Here is a video of the complete webinar:

Click here to view the presentation The Emerging Credential Ecosystem by Michael K. Thomas, President and CEO, New England Board of Higher Education
Click here to view the presentation New Credentials: Global Overview by Maria Spies, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, HolonIQ
Click here to view the presentation Trains of Innovation to Transform the Learn and Work Ecosystem by Holly Zanville, Co-Director, Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy, George Washington University
Click here to view the presentation Credentials: Currency of the Modern Labor Market by Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder and CEO, Credly

For centuries, colleges and universities have sat atop the hierarchy of credentialing systems and traditional degrees have been the “coin of the realm.” But the world of learning and credentials is being transformed—accelerated by the global pandemic.

Non-institutional providers are rapidly expanding. Learners and employers seek knowledge, skills and credentials aligned with the economy and workforce. Flexible, short-term, skills-focused and technology-supported learning alternatives continue to expand. And learners are voting with their feet.

What does all this mean for traditional postsecondary degree providers?

Disruptions to the traditional credential hierarchy require postsecondary institutions to re-envision their roles and develop new competencies to compete in the emerging learning and credential ecosystem.

About the Panelists

Jonathan Finkelstein
Founder and CEO

Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, the world’s largest network of talent with verified workforce skills, which is now part of Pearson. Previously, he co-founded HorizonLive (acquired by Blackboard) and LearningTimes. Jonathan is a frequent author and speaker on workforce trends, HR tech, learning, and credentials. The child of public school teachers, Jonathan received his AB degree with honors from Harvard.

Maria Spies
Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Maria Spies is a co-founder and Co-CEO of HolonIQ, the world’s leading platform for impact intelligence. HolonIQ’s intelligence platform is shaping the global impact economy, accelerating social and economic outcomes around the world. Its data and insights power growth, innovation and risk intelligence for forward thinking governments, institutions, organizations and investors. Prior to HolonIQ, Maria led digital learning futures for a global education company, envisioning new futures for education through investment and research projects about the future of learning, such as Global EdTech Landscape and Higher Education Digital Transformation. Maria has worked in public and private higher education for over 20 years in the APAC region specializing in transforming education through technology. She has built and led global innovation teams, driving innovation in curriculum, teaching and the student experience in over 50 countries.

Michael K. Thomas
President and CEO
New England Board of Higher Education

Michael K. Thomas is the President and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) in Boston, Massachusetts, an organization providing strategic policy leadership, capacity-building programs, professional development and consulting services to public policy makers and senior leaders of New England’s 250 colleges and universities. Dr. Thomas directs NEBHE’s policy, research, publishing and programmatic activities, focused on promoting innovative postsecondary and life-long learning practices—and on expanding collaboration among leaders of business, government and higher education. He has worked in corporate training and human resources and held varied leadership roles in higher education institutions, both public and private. Prior to joining NEBHE, he served as Executive Assistant to the President at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Brigham Young University and master’s degrees in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University and Harvard University. He holds an MBA from Boston University and a doctorate in education and social policy from Harvard University.

Holly Zanville
Co-Director, Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy
George Washington University

Dr. Holly Zanville is a research professor and co-director of the Program on Skills, Credentials & Workforce Policy at George Washington University; and co-lead of the national initiative, Credential As You Go. Previously she served as a strategy director at Lumina Foundation, overseeing portfolios on adult learners, student success, future of learning and workforce, and research. She has held leadership positions at state higher education systems/boards in Oregon and Washington, and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE); and held academic positions at community college and nontraditional university programs in multiple states. She serves on the Executive Committee of the International Council on Badges and Credentials (ICoBC) and Steering Committee for the Microcredentials Project of the Council of Graduate Schools.


June 8, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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